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(Fort McMurray, AB – January 16, 2020) – The load limit on the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will increase to 15,000 kg and under, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Jan. 17. Motorists with vehicles heavier than 15,000 kg are requested to stay off the winter road until load limits have been increased. Overly heavy vehicles could damage the road, causing safety hazards or delays in reaching heavier load limits once the ice thickens. Load limits are expected to increase as work on the road continues and the ice thickens at river crossings. All changes to the load limit for the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will be formally announced by the RMWB. Members of the public are reminded to drive to conditions and follow all posted signage as failure to do so puts themselves and others at risk of a serious incident. As there are workers, equipment and other motorists on the road, please stay on the right side of the road on hills for enhanced safety. When passing equipment, please reduce speed to 30 km/h for everyone’s safety.

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The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road 5,000kg limit is still in effect. Safety is our top priority and teams are actively monitoring for the required ice thickness to increase the weight limit. Official notification will be sent from the RMWB when the limit is increased.

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(Fort McMurray, AB – December 18, 2019) – The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road will open to light traffic 5,000 kg and lower as of 8:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 19. Motorists with vehicles heavier than 5,000 kg are requested to stay off the winter road until load limits have been increased. Overly heavy vehicles could damage the road causing safety hazards or delays in reaching heavier load limits. Crews have prepared an alternate route and ice crossings in certain areas to ensure the road is safe and accessible for light traffic. Motorists are asked to reduce speed while travelling on this portion of the road. Rough patches throughout the road and recent snowfalls have also impacted the road, and motorists are reminded to drive to road conditions at all times, while following all posted signage. As there are workers, equipment and other motorists on the road, please stay on the right side of the road, especially on hills for enhanced safety. When passing equipment, please reduce speed to 30 km/h for everyone’s safety. Load limits are expected to increase as work on the road continues and the ice thickens. All changes to the load limit for the Fort ...

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(Fort McMurray, AB – December 12, 2019) – Due to current ice conditions at the Des Rochers River, the opening of the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road on Dec. 15 is anticipated to be delayed. Opening the winter road as soon as possible remains a priority for the municipality, but the opening is dependent on weather and the progress crews make ensuring the road is safe and accessible. Currently, the ice crossings on the winter road are not safe for any vehicle passage. Crews continue to work on establishing a safe ice thickness capable of supporting light traffic 5,000 kg and lower. It is uncertain how long the opening of the winter road will be delayed. Regular testing is being done and the road will be opened as soon as it is safe for vehicle traffic. Further notice regarding the opening will be provided. Please remember that travelling on the winter road before it is open for public use is strictly prohibited and extremely dangerous. Motorists using the winter road before it is open are putting themselves and others at risk of a serious incident. This also has the potential to further delay the opening of the road. It’s expected ...

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The Fort Chipewyan Winter Road is tentatively scheduled to open Dec. 15 for the winter season. The opening of the road is dependent on weather and the progress crews make ensuring the road is safe and accessible. Please remember that travelling on the winter road before it is open for public use is strictly prohibited and extremely unsafe. Currently, the ice crossings are not rated for any vehicle traffic. Using the winter road before its open puts you and others at risk of a serious incident. It’s expected that when the Fort Chipewyan Winter Road initially opens, only light traffic 5,000 kg and lower will be permitted to use the road. Load limits will continue to be increased as construction and maintenance work on the road continues. Please follow load limits as overly heavy vehicles could damage the road causing safety hazards or delays in reaching heavier limits. Updates will be provided regularly as required. Check the following sources for the latest information: • News room - rmwb.ca/news-room.htm • Winter roads page – rmwb.ca/winterroads • Facebook - facebook.com/WoodBuffaloRuralCommunityConnection • Facebook - facebook.com/rmwoodbuffalo • Pulse – 780-743-7000 or (toll free) 1-800-973-9663 • Pulse at rmwb ...

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Winter Maintenance Subzones 2 & 3 are active Jan. 27 - 31.